Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Slice of Life #4 - Explode the moment
Today's slice of life, allowed the students to free write, then review and apply a strategy called "Explode the Moment". This allowed the 6'ers to have some creative license over their writing. They were encouraged to brainstorm their own memorable moments to "explode" , and to reflect on how they describe their moment by using vivid, and sensory language.
The students had the time to brainstorm ideas in their writing journal, highlighting what they saw, and felt through their actions.
Plunging into the aquamarine void, I gingerly scan my surroundings with wonder. Fastidiously, checking my gear is in place after the not so elegant back-flip off the stern of the boat. Mentally, visualizing a checklist; mask secure, BCD tight, and weight belt firm. A swarm of butterflies invade my stomach, causing havoc with my nerves. Negotiating and making deals with my conscience, stay calm, relax, watching and waiting for the universal signal. Telling my heart to be calm. Th dive master, all eyes on her, leisurely raises her right thumb, the descend signal. Finger pressing oh so gently on the deflation mechanism, I slowly regulate panicked breathing. The steady inhaling and exhaling of oxygenated breath, sounding like Darth Vader. Time stands still as my ears begin to adjust to the pressure on my downward journey, my eyes look skyward, as bubbles explode on the surface. It seems life a lifetime, but only twenty seconds has elapsed while I venture and enter my new surroundings, ready to explore the rainforests of the ocean. Our week without walls - Malaysia Week.
Graphic Source - ISKL Malaysia Week, 2014.